Lionel Messi has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract at Barcelona after months of speculation surrounding the Argentine’s future at the Nou Camp.

The new deal includes a staggering €700m buy-out clause which looks set to keep the player at Barcelona for the rest of his career.

By the end of the 2020/21 season, when Messi’s new contract is set to expire, the Argentine will have spent a total of 17 years with Barcelona’s first team.

A renewal was agreed between player and club in July but it is only now that Messi has put pen to paper on the contract.

Throughout his career at Barça the 30-year-old has scored 523 goals in 602 games and is both the Club’s and La Liga’s all-time leading goalscorer.

He was awarded a fourth Golden Shoe on Friday to add to his trophy haul, which includes five Ballon d’Or awards, four Champions League titles and six La Liga Player of the Year accolades

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